Phoenix Suns Player News: All Positions

News: Owens signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Suns on Thursday, Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: Owens spent the summer league with the Phoenix Suns and will now join them for training camp. Owens will likely be waived and sent to the G League under the Exhibit 10 contract.
News: Diallo signed a two-year contract with the Suns on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Diallo's free agency dragged on a bit longer than expected, but he'll land in Phoenix, where he'll primarily compete with Aron Baynes and Frank Kaminsky for backup minutes at both power forward and center. Just 22 years old, Diallo averaged 6.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.0 combined steals/blocks in 64 games for the Pelicans last season (14.0 MPG).
News: Harper has agreed to a two-way contract with the Suns, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Harper, a part of Auburn's Final Four team, didn't hear his name called during the 2019 draft. But the Suns brought him onto their summer league team, and he averaged 10.5 points, 2.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 21.8 minutes. That was enough for Phoenix to ink him to a deal. As is the nature of two-way contracts, Harper will spend the vast majority of the 2019-20 campaign in the G League.
News: Lecque totaled nine points (4-6 FG, 1-1 FT), three steals, two rebounds and two assists across 22 minutes in the Suns' 94-64 win over Team China in the Las Vegas Summer League on Friday.
Impact: Lecque came through with another quality showing, scoring efficiently and adding some good counting stats. Lauded for his pure athleticism and explosiveness, he averaged 12.7 points, 4.6 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals last season with Brewster Academy before signing with the Suns as an undrafted free agent.
News: Okobo totaled 11 points (4-8 FG, 3-4 3Pt), three assists, two rebounds and two steals across 18 minutes in the Suns' 94-64 win over Team China in the Las Vegas Summer League on Friday.
Impact: Okobo put together a solid stat line in Friday's blowout win, and he brought his scoring average up to 10.5 across four summer league games. He averaged 5.7 points, 2.4 assists and 1.8 rebounds over 18.1 minutes in 53 games as a rookie last season, but he'll have a harder time finding the court in 2019, vying for playing time with Tyler Johnson and new additions, Ricky Rubio, Jevon Carter and Ty Jerome.
News: Okobo delivered nine points (4-8 FG, 1-2 3Pt), two assists and one rebound across 18 minutes during the Suns' 79-78 win over the Spurs in a Las Vegas Summer League game Wednesday.
Impact: Okobo contributed a solid tally relative to playing time, and he's now averaging 10.3 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists over three games in Las Vegas. As those numbers indicate, the 2018 second-round pick has put together a solid showing in the desert overall, although his shooting (40.0 percent) remains a work in progress.
News: Palmer went for 11 points (4-9 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block across 30 minutes during the Suns' 79-78 win over the Spurs in a Las Vegas Summer League game Wednesday.
Impact: Palmer led the first unit in scoring and checked in second overall for the Suns on the night. The undrafted rookie has been making his case for a more extensive look in training camp this fall, as he's now averaging 17.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals over three games in Las Vegas.
News: Lecque supplied 14 points (3-5 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 7-8 FT) and two assists across 21 minutes during the Suns' 79-78 win over the Spurs in a Las Vegas Summer League game Wednesday.
Impact: The second-round pick not only paced the Suns in scoring for the night, it was his pair of free throws with five seconds remaining that sealed the win for Phoenix. Lecque's strong performance was a welcome sight, as he's still averaging a modest 8.7 points (on 39.0 percent shooting), 2.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists across three games in Las Vegas due to less productive showings over his first pair of contests.
News: Oubre agreed to a two-year, $30 million contract with the Suns on Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: As a restricted free agent, Oubre was always expected to land back in Phoenix, but it's unclear just how much interest was out there for the swingman on the open market. Regardless, Oubre will get a lucrative two-year deal for the Suns after appearing in 40 games for the team last season and averaging 16.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. He is expected to play a big role for the team in the upcoming season as the likely starter at small forward.
News: Okobo accumulated 15 points (6-15 FG, 3-9 3Pt) two rebounds and one steal across 25 minutes during the Suns' 79-69 loss to the Grizzlies in a Las Vegas Summer League game Tuesday.
Impact: Okobo boosted his production nicely from his debut in Las Vegas, when he'd poured in a modest seven points. The second-year guard does have 53 games of NBA experience under his belt from his rookie season, and he'll look to continue his seasoning during his remaining time in Las Vegas while prepping for another backcourt rotation role this coming campaign.
News: Palmer poured in 18 points (4-11 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 8-10 FT) and added five rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block across 33 minutes during the Suns' 79-69 loss to the Grizzlies in a Las Vegas Summer League game Tuesday.
Impact: Palmer racked up a team-high scoring total for the second straight game, coming off a 23-point effort against the Knicks on Sunday. The undrafted rookie has certainly made a strong impression over his first pair of contests, upping his chances of garnering a training camp invite.
News: Harper managed 19 points (6-15 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 7-8 FT), four assists, two rebounds and two steals across 33 minutes during the Suns' 105-100 overtime win over the Knicks in a Las Vegas Summer League game Sunday.
Impact: The undrafted rookie out of Auburn upped his numbers over each of his three college seasons, and he got summer league play off to a strong start as well. Harper came up empty from three-point range Sunday, but he shot an impressive 6-for-11 from in front of the arc. Harper will likely see plenty of minutes in the Suns' remaining Vegas games while looking to make a strong enough impression to earn a training camp invite.
News: Palmer compiled 23 points (8-18 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four rebounds, one assist and one steal across 34 minutes during the Suns' 105-100 overtime win over the Knicks in a Las Vegas Summer League game Sunday.
Impact: Palmer went undrafted in June, but he's coming off an impressive senior season at Nebraska during which he averaged 19.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 steal over 36 games. The 22-year-old guard will look to put together an strong enough body of work in summer league play so as to garner a training camp invite from a Suns squad that's still in need of additional backcourt talent.
News: Jerome signed his rookie contract with the Suns but won't play in any summer league games.
Impact: Jerome isn't dealing with an injury, but he and fellow first-round pick Cameron Johnson will sit out summer league games due to a lack of practice and training time with the team. The rookies will otherwise take part in the offseason development program.
News: Johnson signed his rookie contract with the Suns but won't play in any summer league games.
Impact: It's not an injury situation for Johnson, as fellow first-round pick Ty Jerome will also sit out due to a lack of practice and training time with the team. The rookies will still take part in the offseason development program.
News: Melton -- along with Josh Jackson and two second-round picks -- has been dealt to the Grizzlies for Kyle Korver and Jevon Carter, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Melton started 31 games for the struggling Suns last season, seeing 19.7 minutes per contest. He's shown strong upside as a defender and some decent passing ability. It's possible he sees similar run behind Ja Morant, though it could depend on if Delon Wright returns to the team.
News: Carter was traded to the Suns on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Carter will head west with Kyle Korver as part of a package that brings Josh Jackson and De'Anthony Melton to Memphis. The former West Virginia standout is known for his defensive ability, but he's unlikely to hold down a significant role for the Suns, who signed Ricky Rubio and drafted Ty Jerome in the first round.
News: Korver was traded to the Suns on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: The three-point marksman was initially traded to the Grizzlies as part of the Mike Conley deal, but he'll be on the move again -- this time to another struggling team out West. The veteran can help any team in need of shooting, but it appears as though the Suns intend to buy him out prior to his July 7 guarantee date.
News: Jackson (foot) -- along with DeAnthony Melton and two second-round picks -- was traded to the Grizzlies on Wednesday in exchange for Kyle Korver and Jevon Carter, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: The former fourth overall pick in 2017, Jackson hasn't lived up to expectations. So the Suns have opted to send him to the Grizzlies, who seem to have an interest in developing Jackson. He's shown some upside as a defender, but the 22-year-old has struggled to score efficiently or demonstrate great passing vision. Jackson will likely occupy a backup role at shooting guard and small forward, and it's possible he still sees about 20 to 25 minutes per game.
News: Okobo will participate in summer league.
Impact: Okobo played a limited role with the Suns during his rookie campaign, totaling 958 minutes, though he did draw 16 starts. He'll look to continue honing in his skills at summer league.
News: Kaminsky and the Suns have agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Kaminsky never quite fit in with a crowded Hornets frontcourt, but he'll head to a more favorable situation in Phoenix, which parted ways with backup big man Richaun Holmes earlier Monday. The Suns do have Aron Baynes behind Deandre Ayton, but Kaminsky can also slide down and play the power forward spot, where Phoenix currently has very little depth.
News: Rubio and the Suns have come an agreement on a three-year, $51 million deal, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Rubio's exit from Utah was all but confirmed when the Jazz traded for Mike Conley. He had most recently been linked to the Pacers, but the Suns have ultimately landed his services. They have long been in need of a quality point guard to start alongside Devin Booker, and this figures to be a good match. It will be Rubio's third franchise since being drafted by the Timberwovles in 2011. The 28-year-old averaged 12.7 points, 6.1 assists, and 1.3 steals across 27.9 minutes per game last season.
News: Spalding's team option for 2019-20 was declined by the Suns on Friday, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Spalding was a deep bench option for the Suns last season, though he started three games late in the year. Phoenix has other plans, however, and the front office will let Spalding go.
News: Oubre was extended a qualifying offer by the Suns on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: The decision to make Oubre a restricted free agent doesn't come as much of a surprise, though it remains to be seen if Phoenix will retain the Kansas product, who's expected to receive significant interest on the open market. After beginning his career in Washington, Oubre was traded to Phoenix last season, where he appeared in 40 games and averaged 16.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.0 blocks per contest.
News: The Suns have no plans to buy Baynes out of his contract and are expected to keep him on the roster in 2019-20, John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports.
Impact: Boston shipped Baynes to Phoenix last week, with Phoenix receiving the 24th overall pick and sending back a 2020 first-round pick for taking on the center, who is due $5.9 million for the upcoming season after exercising his player option earlier in the offseason. Though the Suns remain in rebuilding mode and can't promise the 32-year-old a major role, the organization appears to value Baynes as a capable veteran backup to starting center and 2018 No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton. The arrival of Baynes and the Suns' supposed intention of keeping him suggests the team may not be in the market to re-sign Richaun Holmes, who served as Ayton's primary understudy last season.
News: Johnson exercised his $19.3 million player option Friday for the upcoming 2019-20 season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Johnson was dealt from the Heat to the Suns in a trade deadline deal last season. Once on the Suns, he started 12 of his 13 appearances, averaging 11.1 points, 4.2 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals across 31.5 minutes. Barring a significant free agent signing at point guard for Phoenix, Johnson could be looking at a similar workload for 2019-20.
News: Harper will play on the Suns' summer league team, Jonathan Givony of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Harper is coming off his best season at Auburn where he averaged career-highs in both points (15.3) and assists (5.8) per game. The point guard showed he is just as capable a floor leader as he is a scorer and will look to parlay his time in summer league with Phoenix into an invite to training camp.
News: Lecque, who went unselected during the 2019 NBA Draft, has signed a four-year deal with the Suns in which two years are guaranteed, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Lecque's unique eligibility situation -- completing his fifth year of high school at Brewster Academy last season -- allowed him to be draft-eligible after previously being an NC State commit. He was a top-35 recruit in the 2019 class, so it's possible the Suns get good value out of Lecque's signing.
News: Baynes, along with the 24th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, was traded to the Suns on Thursday in exchange for a 2020 first-round pick, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: This was a salary dump for the Celtics, who wanted Baynes off the books in order to create more salary cap space for this summer. With the Suns likely keeping their focus on young talent, it's unclear what kind of role Baynes will play in Phoenix should they keep him on the roster. Should he remain in the desert, he will likely be playing second fiddle at center to second-year big man Deandre Ayton.
News: The Suns selected Jerome at No. 24 in the 2019 NBA Draft via the 76ers and Celtics.
Impact: The Suns made a last minute trade to to draft Jerome. He played three seasons at Virginia and just averaged 13.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 5.5 assists across 33.9 minutes per game en route to a National Championship. It remains to be seen what Phoenix will do at point guard during free agency, but the 21-year-old could potentially carve a role out for himself complimenting Devin Booker in the backcourt should they not make a big signing at that position.
News: Johnson was selected by the Suns with the 11th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Impact: In the first true stunner of the night, the Suns will add a strong, versatile shooter in Johnson, who many believed was more of a mid-to-late-first-round prospect. The North Carolina product reportedly impressed teams in pre-draft workouts and will join a Suns franchise in desperate need of three-point shooting. Johnson, a 23-year-old fifth-year senior, averaged 16.9 points per game while shooting better than 45 percent from three for the Tar Heels last season.
News: Warren, along with the No. 32 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, was traded to the Pacers on Thursday in exchange for cash.
Impact: Warren has spent the first five years of his career on the Suns. He's battled injury -- playing 65-plus games just twice -- but has shown upside. Though Warren saw his role take a small dip last season, he still averaged 18.0 points per game on 48.6 percent shooting. Most notably, the forward increased his three-point percentage from 22.2 to 42.8. Warren will have a chance at a starting job with the Pacers depending on what happens with the expiring contracts of Bojan Bogdanovic and Thaddeus Young.